Photograph of David M. Jacobs. Copyright Jack Brewer. Used with permission.
David M. Jacobs, PhD, of Temple University, recently retired, has made a number of false and defamatory statements about me in response to the information that I have made public on this website about his conduct towards me as his research subject. I am addressing those statements here.
Jacobs Changed His Story
Several years ago I published rebuttals to several false and defamatory statements that Jacobs made about me on his website, and he began to change his story as I posted my rebuttals. Nancy Hayfield Birnes witnessed Jacobs changing his story as I posted my rebuttals, and she spoke about this on the Future Theater show, which she hosts together with her husband, William J. “Bill” Birnes, PhD. They kindly allowed me to provide an MP3 file of her statements on this website.
Audio excerpt from the Future Theater radio show, “Future Theater # 41: George Knapp”.
Nancy Birnes Witnessed David M. Jacobs Changing His Story (MP3) (0:00:45, 1.20MB)
Response to David M. Jacobs
Misrepresenting My Therapist
My first contact with Emma came through her abduction counselor “Justin” (pseudonym) in July 2002. Originally represented by Emma’s as her “therapist,” Justin was interested in doing alien abduction research.
My former therapist Justin Armstrong (pseudonym) was never my “abduction counselor”, and was never “interested in doing alien abduction research”. He was a qualified mental health professional, and was a member of the appropriate professional association.
Mr. Armstrong took a completely neutral stance regarding the cause of my anomalous experiences. In his psychological assessment of me, which Jacobs has in his possession, Mr. Armstrong stated that he took the view that at the present time as a culture/society we do not know what causes these types of experiences, and that science at the present time may be unable to explain them.
Jacobs was fully aware of Mr. Armstrong’s neutral stance regarding my anomalous experiences. In my considered personal opinion, Jacobs’ attempt to portray Mr. Armstrong as an “abduction counselor” who was “interested in doing alien abduction research” is a dishonest attempt to imply that Mr. Armstrong was not a bona fide mental health professional.
Additionally, Jacobs’ statement that I “originally represented” Mr. Armstrong as my “therapist”, was, in my considered personal opinion, another deceptive statement intended to imply that I misrepresented my therapist to him.
If an abductee is seeing a therapist, I will not move forward without that therapist’s consent. Justin had contacted me first, and consented to our regression sessions. Shortly thereafter, for reasons unrelated to Emma, Justin abandoned his position as a Counselor. If people are not seeing a therapist, I go forward. Emma was not undergoing therapy when we began sessions but she was still friends with her Counselor.
Mr. Armstrong never consented to the hypnosis sessions. He made it clear that since he was no longer my therapist, that he was unable to advise me on whether to go ahead with the hypnosis or not, and that he could not provide me with therapeutic support relating to the hypnosis sessions. Jacobs is fully aware of this, and I have emails that support this.
Mr Armstrong did not “abandon his position as a Counselor”. He retired, after a long and successful career. In my considered personal opinion, Jacobs’ statements about Mr. Armstrong are intended to falsely portray him as a “flaky” individual playing at being a counselor and then abandoning that role in an irresponsible manner. This is not only deceptive, but extremely offensive to Mr. Armstrong.
Since 2007 I have talked informally with many psychologists and psychiatrists about Emma’s activities. The majority of them said that although they could not make a formal diagnosis without seeing her in person, her activities seem to fit Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
I have been assessed by real mental health professionals and they have determined that I do not suffer from any personality disorders.
Whatever hypothetical opinions Jacobs claims to have received from mental health professionals he has talked to would be based on what he told them. Since he has made numerous false statements about me, any opinions about me based on Jacobs’ statements are worthless.
Although Jacobs is not a mental health professional, and has no mental health training whatsoever, he has nevertheless gone to the lengths of publicly quoting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders characterization of borderline personality disorder (BPD), and alleging that I fit that characterization. It is outrageous and highly unethical behavior on his part. However, since he has done this, I will address those claims.
Jacobs claims that I fit this characterization: “Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment”
This is complete nonsense. I ended my association with Jacobs myself, after he told me that he had received a serious warning from a “hybrid” via instant messenger saying that it was extremely dangerous to work with me as there were “hybrids” around me who were very concerned about “security”. That was the final straw for me.
After I ended my association with Jacobs, he sent me emails saying that he was very upset that I was not communicating with him, and asking to remain in communication with me. I have the emails to support this.
Jacobs claims that I fit this characterization: “A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation”
Again, this is completely untrue. I never idealized Jacobs at any stage. Once I realized that he had gone off the rails, I ended my association with him. After I had recovered from the intensive hypnosis that I had gone through, I began to understand what had happened to me. I eventually listened to all the recordings of my hypnosis sessions, and heard what he did to me during those sessions. I decided to make it known so that another person would not be harmed as I was.
Jacobs claims that I fit this characterization: “Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)”
As before, this is nonsense. I do not have any “affective instability”, and my therapist has vouched for this in his psychological assessment of me. In fact, I am a strong, stable person, and that is partly why I have been able to make Jacobs’ conduct publicly known in spite of his attempts to intimidate me into keeping quiet.
Jacobs claims that I fit this characterization: “Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)”
This again is completely untrue. I am not an “angry” person and never have been. I am quite level headed, and have never had any anger issues. If I had really behaved in the way that he claims, he would be able to provide actual evidence of it, but of course he cannot.
Jacobs claims that I fit this characterization: “Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms”
Jacobs claims that I was “paranoid” because I thought that his webmaster wrote the “hybrid” instant messaging that originated from her computer. This is a conclusion that almost everybody would come to, and to characterize it is as “paranoia” is patently ludicrous.
Regardless of these clinical opinions, Emma has emphasized that her ex-Counselor and friend, Justin, had given her a clean bill of mental health. The problem is that Justin is not a therapist in our American, institutional sense. In fact Justin, as a professional Counselor, was trained to talk to clients about their lives and try to make them feel better, but he did not have training for, nor was he legally allowed to make a formal diagnosis of mental illness. It would have been against Justin’s professional standing to tell Emma that she suffered from a mental condition. Thus, in consistently saying that Justin has judged her as normal, Emma is admitting to the fact that Justin could not say otherwise.
Mr. Armstrong is a mental health professional who is fully qualified in my country to determine whether I have a mental illness or not. In addition to his private practice, he was employed by a government department to make psychological diagnoses of people, which he had the required professional training to do.
The fact is that Mr. Armstrong was my therapist for ten years, he was able to make formal diagnoses of mental illness, and he considers that I do not suffer from any mental illness or personality disorders.
While Jacobs had me in the vulnerable hypnotized state, he implanted hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). He used leading and suggestion to implant false hypnotic memories in my mind of violent assault and rape, suggested to me that I wear a chastity belt, and asked me to mail him my unwashed underpants and not to remember doing it. Any competent mental health professional would recognize Jacobs’ conduct towards me as his research subject as appalling psychological abuse. Mr. Armstrong and my current therapist both support me in making Jacobs’ conduct known as a matter of public interest.